Rome City Tax Set For 2011

New Tax Will Go Towards Protecting and Restoring this Ancient City

Rome is set to introduce a new city tax, targeting visitors staying in hotels within the city. The tax will come into effect on the 1st January 2011 after being debated by Rome City Council for several months. Those staying in four of five star hotels will be required to pay €3 per night whilst those staying in all other accommodation will pay €2. Children under two will not be required to pay the tax which will be used to improve tourist services around the popular Italian city. The tax will also be applied to other tourist services including the famous open top Double Decker bus tours, boat trips and entry into restaurants situated along the banks of the scenic Tiber River. Rome has continually been in the top three city destinations, with tourists flocking from around the world to visit the historic city.

The tax is being welcomed by many Rome hoteliers as an alternative to the highly controversial hotel tax which was proposed last year. After finding out that the Italian government would be cutting funding to the city, officials had originally debated introducing a hotel tax of around €10 per person, per night depending on the quality of the hotel. Due to the strong opposition by city hoteliers, this tax was rejected in favour of the new city tax. Although many tourists may see the added tax as an unnecessary cost, the Italian government has promised that the money will be spent restoring some of the most recognisable sights in the city. Just this year plans to finance the restoration of the Collesseum were announced by the Italian government, a plan that is guaranteed to attract tourists to the city for years to come.

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